From the daily archives: Monday, October 25, 2010

Calexico, California.  San Diego State University-Imperial Valley announces that three students are recipients of the Alejandro and Florencia Nogales Scholarship ($2,000 each) and one student is the recipient of the Emily Wogaman Scholarship ($2,000) for 2010-2011.  The Alejandro and Florencia Nogales and Emily Wogaman Scholarships are awarded once every academic year to students who are enrolled at SDSU-IV full-time (12 units for undergraduates and 6 units for graduates).  It is open to all majors and one of the eligibility requirements is that the applicant must be a graduate of Calexico High School.

Alejandro and Florencia Nogales Scholarship – Maria Escobar, Guadalupe Escobar and Victor Ruiz; Emily Wogaman Scholarship – Celina Virgen.

Ms. Maria Escobar is a liberal studies major in her senior year this fall.  After earning her bachelor’s degree next Spring, she will start the Teacher Credential Program.  Her plans are to become an elementary school teacher.

Ms. Guadalupe Escobar is a liberal studies major in her senior year this fall.  Her plans are to obtain her bachelor’s degree, teaching credential and then continue her education to eventually earn her master’s degree and become an academic counselor.

Mr. Victor Ruiz is a double major in criminal justice and psychology and is in his senior year this fall.  Once obtaining his dual bachelor’s degrees, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in either social work or forensic psychology.

A presentation of the scholarship awards to the recipients will be held Friday, October 22 at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Calexico Campus (facing Heber Avenue).  Ms. Alicia Mendoza, Nogales Family Scholarship Representative, Florencia Nogales, Emily Wogaman Scholarship Representative and Dr. David Pearson, Dean of the Campus, will present the awards.


Intent on taking advantage of historically low interest rates and declining construction costs, the SANDAG Board today directed its staff to implement a plan to sell $350 million in bonds to finance major transportation infrastructure projects throughout the region.

“We are moving agressively to keep the promises we made to the voters of this region when they approved the extension of the TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation,” SANDAG Chair Lori Holt Pfeiler said. “These bond funds will put people to work building important infrastructure, improving both our economy and our quality of life.”

SANDAG will use the funds to continue the implementation of the TransNet Early Action program, which includes major transit projects and freeway improvements such as extensions and/or upgrades on SR 76, SR 52, all three of the region’s interstates, and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor. The TransNet extension, which began in 2008, is expected to generate $14 billion for public transit, highway, and local street and road improvements over its 40-year life.

On Friday morning the SANDAG Board, acting as the San Diego County Regional Transportation Commission, authorized staff to proceed with the bond sale, which is expected to occur Oct. 28.

The funds will allow the region to accelerate projects during a low construction cost environment; take advantage of historically low interest rates; and capture the 35 percent Build America Bonds federal interest subsidy before its scheduled expiration at the end of calendar year 2010. In addition, four cities in the region have obtained approvals from their respective councils to participate in the bond issuance in order to finance TransNet eligible capital projects.

The transaction is expected to include Series A Build America Bonds and Series B tax-exempt bonds. Moody’s Investor Service and Standard & Poor’s have assigned the bonds “Aa1” and “AAA” ratings, respectively.  The bonds will be marketed by an underwriting team made up of Barclays Capital, RBC Capital Markets, Inc., De La Rosa & Co., Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC, and Goldman Sachs & Co.


The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.


Classic and custom cars from all around the region rolled into the IV Expo fair grounds Saturday for the 2010 La Gente Car Show. The show featured hundreds of cars, from the classics to the modern, along with dozens of custom bicycles.


IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department’s Animal Control office has announced the schedule for the upcoming low cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2010-2011. Imperial County Animal Control has been conducting Rabies Vaccination Clinics in Imperial County for over forty-three years. The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday November 6, 2010 at Verde School in Holtville, located at South East corner of Bonds Corner Road and Verde School Road from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Last year over 1,351 county dogs were vaccinated and licensed by visiting the clinics offered by Animal Control.

The rabies vaccine protects dogs and cats from the rabies virus. Although rabies among domestic animals in Imperial County is rare, the area is considered high-risk due to the presence of rabies among bats and skunks. Even if a dog or cat has been vaccinated, if they come in contact with a skunk or bat, the recommendation is for them to be revaccinated as soon as possible. The fee for the Rabies Vaccine for dogs and cats is $6.00. County Dog Licenses will also be provided for a fee of $10.00 for male, $5.00 for a neutered male, $10.00 for a

female and $5.00 for a spayed female. Clinic will be held in various locations of the county including Desert Shores, Salton City, Niland and Winterhaven. No appointment is necessary to attend the clinics.

According to Daniel Torrez, Animal Control Supervisor for the Imperial County Public Health Department, “the Rabies Vaccination Clinics are held for the public’s convenience. Animal Control takes the clinics to remote areas throughout the county so people can have access to the vaccine at low cost.” In Imperial County it is mandatory for all dogs over 4 months of age to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed each year. The license is good through the date of issue. It is strongly recommended, although not mandatory, that all cats over 4 months of age also be vaccinated against rabies on a yearly basis.

The rabies vaccine and county licenses are also available with local veterinarians and county licenses only are available at Imperial County Animal Control located at 1329 South Sperber Road, El Centro from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.

The following are things people can do to protect their pets from rabies:

· Individuals should visit their veterinarian with their pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, and dogs.

· People should maintain control of their pets by keeping cats indoor and keeping dogs under direct supervision.

· Pets should be spayed or neutered to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.

· Individuals should avoid contact with unvaccinated or ill stray animals, and should call animal control for removal of stray animals.

For general information about the Rabies Vaccination Clinics, please contact Imperial County Animal Control at (760) 339-6291 or visit the website at

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María Peinado, Public Health Information Officer

Imperial County Public Health Department

935 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243

Tel:  (760) 482-4461 Fax: ( 760)  352-9933


Trick-or-Treat at Imperial Valley Mall. Parents can bring their children to the mall in a weather controlled environment where the children can go trick or treating at participating retailers.

Sunday, October 31 beginning at 5pm-7pm.

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